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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(P)
Samuel Pretty

Disclaimer: The wills for volumes 1 and 2 are not made from the original will books, but rather from a set of books written up from the originals about 100 years later. The 1846 hand written will book that we are putting up along with the wills from the volume 1 will book, is not the original will book. It was made, probably within a decade of the death of the testators, but it is not an exact replication from the original will book.

 

Will of Samuel Pretty
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 514 & 515 probate year 1847.
This name is spelled Pritty and Pretty in this will.

In re Samuel Pretty      deceased.

In the name of God, Amen. I Samuel Pretty of the Parish of Chard in the County of Pomerock and now residing in Dildo Cove in Trinity Bay Island of Newfoundland, being in a weak state of health but of sane mind being mindful of this uncertain state do make this my last will and testament,

  • First     I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God as into the hands of a faithful Creator and most merciful Saviour in the hope that he will receive it for the sake and throug the merits of Jesus Christ and I desire to be decently buried according to the rites and ceremonies of the Established Church.
  • Item,     I give and bequeath to my sons Robert and James Pretty fifty pounds each now in the hands of David Durell Esquire of Poole in the County of Dorset with the interest due on the same together with all interest and money which may be in his keeping at the time of my decease.
  • Item,     I give and bequeath to my sons Robert and James Pretty my stages flakes, boats, nets & other implements used in the Fishery share and share alike save and except a part of the fishing room, gardens &c. with a spot to build a house which I give and bequeath to my grandson George Pretty.
  • Item,   I give and bequeath to my grand son George Pretty one of my heifers.
  • Item,     I give and bequeath to my sons and daughters Joseph Pretty, Robert Pretty, James Pretty, Mary Smith, Catherine Elsworth and Martha George, the whole of what money I may have at the time of my decease in the Savings Bank with the interest due on the same also I give and bequeath to my grandson George Pretty an equal share of said money in the Savings Bank with my sons and daughters.
  • Item,     I give and bequeath to my sons Robert and James Pretty the whole of my cattle with the exception of the Heifer before bequeathed to my grandson George Pretty.
  • Lastly I do appoint my two sons in law Thomas George and Charles Elsworth my executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness to which I have hereto set my name and affixed my seal this twenty second day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty five at Dildo Cove in Newfoundland Samuel his X mark Pretty (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us who have hereto set our hands in the presence of each other. G.W. Crawford, Chas. Newhook, Jonas Newhook.
Item,    the words "my dwelling house" in the 27th line and the words "with all furniture" in the 28th line of the first page being struck out and annulled.
Item,    I give and bequeath to my son James Pretty my dwelling house with all furniture it may contain at the time of my decease.
In witness to which I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty second day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty five at Dildo Cove in Newfoundland Samuel his X mark Pretty (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us who have hereto set our hands in the presence of each other. G.W. Crawford, Chas. Newhook, Jonas Newhook.

Certified correct
D.M. Browning
Registrar


Will of Samuel Pretty
from Newfoundland will book labeled, "REGISTRY OF WILLS 1846," page probate year 1847.
This name is spelled Pritty and Pretty in this will.

In the name of God, Amen - I Samuel Pritty of the Parish of Chure in the County of Sommerset and now residing in Dildo Cove in Trinity Bay Island of Newfoundland, being in a weak state of health but of sane mind being mindful of this uncertain state do make this my last Will and Testament -

  • First    I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God as into the hands of a faithful Creator and most merciful Savior, in the hope that he will receive it for the sake and through the merits of Jesus Christ and I desire to be decently buried according to the rites and ceremonies of the Established Church.
  • Item    I give and bequeath to my sons Robert and James Pritty fifty pounds each now in the hands of David Durell Esquire for Poole in the County of Dorset with the interest due on the same together with all interest and money which may be in his keeping at the time of my decease -
  • Item    I give and bequeath to my sons Robert and James Pritty my stages flakes, boats, nets and other implements used in the Fishery share and share alike save and except a part of the Fishing Room, Gardens &c. with a spot to build a house which I give and bequeath to my grandson George Pritty -
  • Item     I also give and bequeath to my grandson George Pritty one of my heifers.
  • Item     I give and bequeath to my sons and daughters, Joseph Pritty, Robert Pritty, James Pritty, Mary Smith, Catherine Elsworth and Martha George, the whole of what money I may have at the time of my decease in the Savings Bank with the interest due on the same, also I give and bequeath to my grandson George Pritty an equal share of said money in the Savings Bank with my sons and daughters -
  • Item    I give and bequeath to my sons Robert and James Pritty the whole of my cattle with the exception of the heifer before bequeathed to my grandson George Pritty -
  • Lastly I do appoint my two sons-in-law Thomas George and Charles Elsworth my executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness to which I have hereto set my name and affixed my seal this twenty second day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty five at Dildo Cove in Newfoundland Samuel his X mark Pritty L.S. -
Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us who have hereto set our hands in the presence of each other. G.W. Crawford, Chas. Newhook, Jonas Newhook.
Item,    the words "my dwelling house" in the 27th line and the words "with all furniture" in the 28th line of the first page being struck out and annulled.
Item     I give and bequeath to my son James Pretty my Dwelling House with all furniture it may contain at the time of my decease.
In witness to which I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty second day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty five at Dildo Cove in Newfoundland Samuel Pretty his X mark (L.S.)
Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us who have hereto set our hands in the presence of each other. G.W. Crawford, Chas. Newhook, Jonas Newhook.

In the Supreme Court of Newfoundland -
This deponent George Winne(?) Crawford of New Harbour schoolmaster maketh oath and saith that he this deponent was present and actually saw Samuel Pritty put his mark to and seal and declare the within paper writing as and for his last will and testament on the day of the date thereof at which time the said will was read over to the said Samuel Pritty in the presence of this deponent and of Charles Newhook and Jonas Newhook who severally subscribed their names thereto as witnesses to the due execution thereof. And this deponent further saith that this deponent wrote the within will and that the name of the Executor Charles Elsworth should be Charles Elford(?) As Charles Elford is the person whom the Testator meant and named to this deponent the clerical error is therefore that of this deponent and not of the Testator. Charles Elford being the son in law of the Testator. G.W. Crawford -
Sworn to at Harbour Grace this second day of July A.D. 1847. Before me Thos. Danson Commissioner of affidavits, Supreme Court.

 

 

Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.

We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy Benoit (August 8, 2002)

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